fordriven etymology

Middle English word fordriven comes from Old English for-, Old English drifan, Old English drīfan, Proto-Germanic *fradrībaną

Detailed word origin of fordriven

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
for- Old English (ang) Forming verbs from verbs with various senses especially ‘wrongly, away from, astray, abstention, prohibition, perversion, destruction’. Used to create intensified adjectives and verbs from other adjectives and verbs, with the sense of completely or fully. Compare Modern English use of up. Very.
drifan Old English (ang) (intransitive) to drive; rush with violence. (transitive) to drive; force, pursue; drive (back); push.
drīfan Old English (ang)
*fradrībaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
fordrifan Old English (ang) To drive away, drive off (something from rest), banish, eject, expel.. To force, compel.. To overtask, load with hardship.
fordrīfan Old English (ang)
fordriven Middle English (enm)

Words with the same origin as fordriven

Descendants of for-
for- forbarren forbeaten forblowen forbowen forbrinnen forburnen forcleven forclingen fordrenchen fordwinen forgreithen forleden forleren forneh forseen forsetten forshetten forspeken forstoppen forwaxen forwerpen foryiven forȝiven
Descendants of drifan
Descendants of drīfan
draf drave drof drove